Crimson Gold

A FILM BY Jafar Panahi

A quietly brilliant film. Poetic and precise. Profoundly compassionate.


Crimson Gold is an intimate and absorbing drama about the ways in which the hypocrisies and slights of daily life can push otherwise reasonable people over the edge. Based on true events and written by acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami, Crimson Gold is the story of Hussein, a humble, troubled pizza deliveryman who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him. When his friend Ali finds a receipt for a stranger's necklace purchase, Hussein is stunned by its exceptionally high cost. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such a luxury. Soon after, he and Ali are refused entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their scruffy appearances; his rage over this slight sets off a series of events, which ultimately leads to a shocking act of violence. Panahi uses Hussein's job as a delivery driver to move inside houses and behind closed doors to reveal places rarely seen by western audiences.

Original Languages: Farsi
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 97 min.
Year: 2003


Hossain Emadeddin
Kamyar Sheishi
Jafar Panahi